I’ll just come out and say it: Internal strength is real. It may be incredibly rare, but it definitely exists.
If you’re gung ho about kung fu, then whatever style you practice — whether it is Shaolin or Tai Chi or Wing Chun or whatever — you will probably learn something about the Chinese language in this article.
The latest edition of “Ask Sifu Anthony”, including questions and answers on the following topics:
Practice Quantity vs. Practice Quality…Frustration and Patience in Tai Chi…Qualities of a Good Student…Dealing With Jerks While Practicing in Public…Firecrackers and Fireworks…Iron Shirt vs. Zhan Zhuang…Bathroom Qigong…Weights and Isometrics…Kids and Qigong.
In the movie “The Matrix”, Neo (played by Keanu Reeves) wakes up from a training session and then says the 4 words that I often dreamed of saying as a kid: “I know Kung Fu.”
Now imagine Neo waking up and saying this instead: “I know Tai Chi.”
Not quite the same impact, right?
I’m not a doctor, and I don’t even play one on TV. But students often ask for my opinion on this subject. Why? Probably because the Kung Fu tradition (which includes Qigong and Tai Chi) contains a lot of wisdom. And in the 21st century, I think that this kind of ancient wisdom is precisely what we sometimes need to hear.